Move For Australia - 1 Mile, 2K, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon
MOVE FOR AUSTRALIA
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We have been inundated with members of the running and sporting community asking if we can create an event whereby they can support and raise money to help with the horrific fires in Australia.
Catastrophic fires, the worst drought in history and record high temperatures are taking a tragic toll on native wildlife.
In WIRES history, they have never seen a concurrent series of emergencies events like those that began in November. Hundreds of fires over weeks have burnt over 4.9 million hectares of land in NSW alone. Many animals were already struggling with a lack of water and food due to the drought. With the fires destroying unprecedented amounts of habitat, food shortages have increased and lack of suitable habitat will be a significant long-term challenge for surviving wildlife.
It is impossible to know how many animals have perished and it will be many months before the impact on wild populations can be better understood but ecologists at Sydney University have estimated over 800 million animals have been affected in NSW and over 1 billion animals in Australia since September.
Summer is a frantically busy time for wildlife rescue and there are still over 100 fires burning in NSW. In December alone there were over 20,000 calls to WIRES 1300 line, a 14% increase on last year, and volunteers attended over 3,300 rescues.
All profits (at least £5), will be donated to WIRES. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia. We are passionate about supporting smaller volunteer organisation in the wildlife sector with the same mission, as well as Universities, Veterinary Associations and other leading scientific and environmental groups.
Due to the emergency nature of this appeal the medals have not been manufactured yet, but will be sent mid March (approximately).
What is a virtual challenge? A virtual challenge can done from any location you choose. You can run, jog, walk, cycle, swim, use a wheelchair - whatever you choose and however you choose to complete a distance. There is no restriction on discipline. We aim to be as inclusive as impossible.
Submitting and Claiming your Medal
There is no deadline to complete and submit your results. We will send out the medal and certificate immediately, so please be careful not to open it before your challenge is complete. Don't worry - there will be a warning on the envelope.
You can submit your result once completed by clicking below if you wish to enter the annual hall of fame (the fastest 3 individuals across all distances during the year). Proof such as an app screenshot can be uploaded here. Proof of completion and time is needed to qualify for the top three places.
Every challenge has limited places, so once we sell out, entry to the challenge will end. Sometimes this can be very quick, sometimes it can take several Months.
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